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Title: A Trust to Follow
Author: Diana Waters
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: 8th Floor Studio
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Historical
Release Date: 05/26/2016
Prince Daymon is an Evoker—possessor of rare and feared magical powers.
When he is captured by bandits who plan to use his gifts for their own benefit he must depend upon his lover to come to his rescue.
Rhyder is captain of Daymon’s personal guard and the legendary ‘Lion of the West’, but can he reach the man he loves before it’s too late?
Learning to Laugh
Writing can be pretty serious business, but I’ve definitely noticed that taking myself or my stories too seriously doesn’t usually result in great work. This also ties into the fact that the longer I sit down and write, the more important it becomes to unwind afterwards – especially if the writing didn’t turn out all that well. I was bouncing ideas off a friend once, growing increasingly frustrated with myself because a particular scene wasn’t working out the way I wanted, and he was attempting to make me feel better by getting me to laugh. As it happened, the idea of mocking my own story by turning it into an outright parody worked wonders for my creative process, and I was taken enough by the notion that I even ended up writing it out properly once the draft was finished. So here it is, A Trust To Follow: Outtake 1.
Those same boots were passing in front of his eyes. “Look at me.” Daymon stared straight ahead. “I said look at me!” Daymon groaned and curled in on himself as he was kicked. “You’re no better than a mangy, half-breed cat or a wild dog. If it were up to me, I’d kill you and every single one of your kind without a second thought.”
Daymon shifted, knowing it was foolish to antagonize him but unwilling to keep silent, despite the effort it cost him. “Your insults are clichéd and generic! Evoker or no, I’m twice the man you’ll ever be—”
Another vicious kick had him retching. “Know your place, filthy cur!” Daymon followed the motion of the boots with his eyes as they paced backward and forward again before him. “And you can forget whatever notion you have about being rescued while you’re at it! Nobody’s coming for you. Know how I know that? Here.” Something was tossed carelessly to the floor with a clatter, glowing faintly in the light. A coin. No—a brooch. “What was his name? The one who was so dastardly handsome? Rhyder, was it?” Daymon could not breathe. He was suffocating, paralyzed with a feeling he could not name. Sensing his weakness, the man continued, his tone now gloating. “We knew he would eventually follow, of course. And in the end… well, it was almost too easy.” He twirled his evil moustache evilly. “Did you never wonder why we were in that village in the first place? We knew about the girl long before, but she was a nobody, too young to be worth anything. No, we were waiting for you. That sawmill is the only reason the village exists, but a sawmill cannot be kidnapped. Unlike a prince.”
Daymon gasped. “You are a very bad man!”
“MwahaHA! I am a VERY bad man!” The jailer’s maniacal laugh echoed around the cell.
If there’s one thing I learned while working on A Trust To Follow, it was that if you absolutely can’t laugh at your own story then it’s probably not worth writing.
About the Author
DIANA WATERS is a New Zealander currently living in rural Japan. She has no idea where in the world she’ll be this time next year and is pretty okay with that. Other than reading and writing, her main passions include travel, Japanese pop culture, and competitive swimming.
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